Visual Inspection: A Low-Tech Tool for Reducing Cervical Cancer Rates -- Johns Hopkins Expert Available to Discuss Results of Study

October 2002
Ascribe Newswire: Medicine;10/2/2002, p18
This article reports on a study by researcher Paul D. Blumenthal and colleagues, published in the October 2, 2002 issue of the periodical "Journal of the National Cancer Institute," which shows that visual inspection of the cervix, or neck of the womb, coupled with immediate treatment of any abnormalities may be the most cost-effective, comprehensive way to reduce cervical cancer in Thailand and other poor nations. Researchers used a computer model to compare costs and benefits of three screening techniques for cervical cancer: visual inspection; DNA testing for human papilloma virus, a known precursor of cervical cancer; or traditional Pap smears.


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